PPS, PAT sign tentative contract deal

Portland to take a strike vote, Feb. 5, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Teachers gather at the Arlene Schnitzer Hall in Portland to take a strike vote, Feb. 5, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A tentative deal struck between the Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teacher earlier Tuesday was signed around 9 p.m, PPS officials announced.

The agreement suspends the strike the teachers planned to begin on Thursday.

Details of the agreement will be presented to the union for ratification. If the union members ratify the deal, the Portland school board will vote on the terms of the agreement.

In a statement, PAT president Gwen Sullivan said, “This has been a long and difficult process, but we are proud that teachers remained committed to standing up for our students, our schools and our profession. Our efforts to improve Portland schools do not end here. Portland teachers are tremendously heartened by the outpouring of support from students, parents and the community. By continuing to work together, there is no end to what we can accomplish for our students and our public schools”

The 47,000 students in the Portland district will have a half-day on Wednesday, an already-scheduled half-day in preparation for a potential strike.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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